Chapter 3.13 – A Little Talk

Predatory, issues of consent, depression. “Rise and shine, sleepyhead!” April called, mimicking how Broof had woken her most days. Melinda didn’t budge an inch. Goodness, if April wasn’t so sure that Melinda couldn’t die in her sleep, the complete stillness of her would be terrifying. “Come on, Mel!” April tried again, then threw her headContinue reading “Chapter 3.13 – A Little Talk”

Chapter 3.10 – Hanky-Panky

On the bus ride home, Jessica had tried to think of a valid excuse for not honouring her invitation to the so-called GliTS HQ, aka, Pixie’s dad’s house. She understood, and was appreciative of, the offer of company and friendship – for someone so generally cheerful and chatty, Jessica couldn’t say that she had manyContinue reading “Chapter 3.10 – Hanky-Panky”

Chapter 3.09 – The Colour of Mourning

A bit longer than normal chapters, but this isn’t your normal chapter. I shift my weight on the bed. Oh, the soft blankets, they call to me, ask me to crawl under and recharge, but I can’t, not just yet. I am fixing April’s golden tresses – cut with garden shears, apparently! – while theContinue reading “Chapter 3.09 – The Colour of Mourning”

Chapter 3.07 – Something Stinks

Warning: Melinda’s retinas might not be the only ones burning! So bright! Oooookay. Well, that was the weirdest thing Melinda had ever had happen to her and there had sure been a lot of weird things happening to her lately. She had fought hard to get a barely-conscious April down the stairs and to theContinue reading “Chapter 3.07 – Something Stinks”

Chapter 3.05 – Brick by Brick

The short walk to the cottage was a game of snide to-and-fro; backhanded compliments batted between the two, as Lilith wholly expected. She and Sage had always had the kind of relationship that teetered on the cusp between friendship and hostility, easily tipped from one to the other throughout the centuries. The subject of theContinue reading “Chapter 3.05 – Brick by Brick”

Chapter 3.04 – Plastic Genie

Note: includes discussion of suicide and mental illness Lilith was not sure at what point of the night she’d slipped completely into ‘don’t give a damn’ mode. She suspected it was somewhere between using a crystal ball to bowl over some sacred ritual candles and painting ‘Sage smells’ on the florist’s workbench, but she wellContinue reading “Chapter 3.04 – Plastic Genie”

Chapter 3.01 – Wild Goose Chase

“So, Kitty turned you, and then what happened?” Faith asked, alarmed by Seth’s agitation and his glowing green eyes that had slowly revealed over the course of his story. “She kept me in the basement, for the most part,” he answered, his voice frantic. “They kept me down there for decades.” “Why?” Faith asked, tryingContinue reading “Chapter 3.01 – Wild Goose Chase”

Chapter 2.52 – Backdraught

Backdraught: a phenomenon in which a fire that has consumed all available oxygen suddenly explodes when more oxygen is made available, typically because a door or window has been opened. Warning: disturbing image, lots of skin/NSFW/ may make your brain explode Seth had hesitated when Faith had begged him to help her to forget. HeContinue reading “Chapter 2.52 – Backdraught”

Chapter 2.50 – Grounds for Dismissal

Caleb very rarely slept, so waking up was an unusual activity in the first instance. When he did sleep, it was for short bursts, in a dark, almost empty room. Not this colourful crowded one, full of paintings, knickknacks and plants. His bedsheets were crisp and immaculate from years of serving only as mattress decoration,Continue reading “Chapter 2.50 – Grounds for Dismissal”